Abundant Life, Power and Brokenness: What Does Christian Maturity Look Like?
Pastor Ward Davis continues our series in First Corinthians: Nature of the Church with a message about the dichotomy between power and weakness and how God uses and grants each.
Here For You
Lord You’re Mighty
All Things Rise
Humble Thyself In the Sight of the Lord
Read through 1 Corinthians 4:1-13
1. What indication is there in this passage that at least some of the Corinthians are judging Paul?
2. Paul contrasts his critics with himself and the other apostles. How does he describe the Corinthians? How does he describe his own experience?
3. Ward said in his sermon that Paul and his critics differ over their view of Christian discipleship and the Gospel. Explain.
4. Paul declares in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, “The (Lord) said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest on me…For when I am weak, then I am strong.” What do you think Paul means?
5. According to Ward, suffering is an integral part of Christian discipleship. He said, “There is no resurrection without first crucifixion.” Do you agree. Why or why not?
6. Why do you think in the church, we often hesitate to share with others our struggles?